How I Lost My $50,000 Twitter Username

January 29, 2014

I had a rare Twitter username, @N. Yep, just one letter. I’ve been offered as much as $50,000 for it. People have tried to steal it. Password reset instructions are a regular sight in my email inbox. As of today, I no longer control @N. I was extorted into giving it up.

Scary stuff. Long story short: don’t trust PayPal or GoDaddy, or any company that holds on to your sensitive information, (or the NSA, or the government. Hell, just don’t trust anyone.) The Internet is a sketchy place.